Who said I don’t appreciate my history? The answer is no one ever had a single thought about my ability to remember let alone appreciate history. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t share a piece of the past that warms my heart. 33 years ago today Danny Marino broke and set all the meaningful and cool passing records. He finished the 1984 season with 362 completions, 5,084 yards and 48 TDs. These were records that seemed like they were never going to be broken. Then in 1994 Favre broke the completions record and in 2008 Brees broke the yardage mark. That was a record that lasted 24 years if you’re keeping score at home. Finally, in 2004 Peyton took over the single season TD mark and currently holds the record with 55.
It’s tough for me to talk about Dan without getting irritated at how his career in Miami went. The guy is one of the top 5 QBs of all time, but as we all know, he never won a Super Bowl, something that can be refuted. We also are aware of reasons, not excuses, why Dan didn’t win one. It wasn’t that he didn’t have the talent. The guy has one of the best arms in the history of appendages. No defense, no receivers after the Mark Brothers and no running game were ever assembled around him even in the slightest. “Oh but Brady went out and won super bowls with not well known guy.” Yes and no. The early super bowls for Brady didn’t have tremendous talent on offense but defensively he had studs up and down and the latest superbowls he’s had very good offensive players around him with still adequate defenses. Marino never had any stout let alone functioning defenses or receivers that could make consistent plays or even just get open with any type of regularity after the Mark Brothers. We all know about the complete lack of a running game. When your best RB of your career is Karim Abdul Jabar and he’s not 7ft tall, you’re going to have a bad time and Dan certainly had bad times in terms of help. Also, Brady was a better player. Credit to me for admitting that. Brady was a better player but not a better thrower of the ball. I’m confident in that.
As for the records, records are made to be broken and all that jazz I guess. But I’d be remiss in my duty if I didn’t point out that if Marino was playing now with today’s rules he’d have at least 6,000 yards and 63 TDs on down years. I’m not even joking about that. If he didn’t have to worry about getting his receivers killed over the middle and also be able to get a pass interference call in the endzone whenever he felt like, today he’d be dominating. I can’t see how that could be refuted. If he was putting up the numbers of today 33 years ago, makes sense he’d be putting up better numbers if he were playing today. I could say that about a lot of guys and I know it’s a conversation that’s been played out so I won’t lose my mind defending my stance today.
Check out highlights of the game where Marino broke all the records with Hammering Hank on the call